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UK Debut for Jean-François Pignon’s New ‘Black and White’ Display at This Year’s Olympia

Organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show are delighted to announce Jean-François Pignon will perform his new ‘Black and White’ display for the first time in the UK at this year’s event. Adding to an already impressive line-up of displays, Pignon’s performance, which comprises eight white and six black mares, is bound to be a crowd pleaser, as he wows the crowds with his unique skills.

The renowned Frenchman, who has been performing internationally for over 30 years, has been training horses since he was 11 years old with his goal being to communicate with his horses on another level, by working with them in a natural way. He now educates people all over the world by demonstrating his methods.

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “We feel incredibly privileged that Jean-François Pignon has chosen Olympia, The London International to perform his ‘Black and White’ display in the UK for the first time. He is an extraordinarily talented horseman, and I know fans will be travelling from around the country to see this display.

“The bond between Pignon and his horses is exceptional, and his performances always delight our audiences. It’s incredible to see the trust these horses have in Jean-François and how relaxed they are in front of such a large crowd.”

Jean-François Pignon said: “The idea for the display originally came from my vet, who asked me to work with these young mares who had never been handled by humans before. One year down the line and the idea is in full development and it is such a pleasure to be able to share this magic with an audience.

“The atmosphere at Olympia is incredibly special and the London audience is always so engaging. I am looking forward to giving a magical performance to all those traveling to London to see ‘Black and White’ for the first time.”

Also gracing the Olympia Grand will be the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, performing its Musical Ride at this year’s Show. Made up of 28 horses and 36 mounted ceremonial service members – who also serve as fighting soldiers – the Musical Ride is unique across the globe, as it demonstrates exceptional horsemanship and the very best of British military tradition. Having not appeared at the West Kensington venue for many years, the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is set to be one of the most exciting displays of the week.

Living up to its reputation as one of Europe’s leading indoor equestrian events, Olympia, The London International Horse Show will once again host the world’s top competitors in three FEI World Cup™ disciplines: Carriage Driving, Dressage, and Show Jumping. The expected 90,000 visitors will experience top quality competition and displays this Christmas, such as the much-loved Christmas Finale, The Shetland Pony Grand National, and the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix.

To purchase tickets for Olympia, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Jenkins / gjenkins@revolutionworld.com / +44 (0)203 176 0355

World Famous Horse Whisperer to Headline Olympia

July 8, 2015 – The world’s biggest equestrian Christmas party, Olympia, The London International Horse Show, has announced an impressive line-up of displays for this year’s show, which takes place from 15-21 December 2015.

French Horse Whisperer, Jean-François Pignon, will return to centre stage this year and wow the crowds with his skills of natural horsemanship with his Liberty Horses.

The 90,000 visitors will also be treated to performances from The Household Cavalry Musical Ride and all the old favourites including The Shetland Pony Grand National, The Kennel Club Dog Agility and The Olympia Finale.

Jean-François Pignon said: “I’m so excited to be returning to the UK with my horses to showcase our skills for the crowd at Olympia.

“London is such a special show with a wonderful atmosphere and I can’t wait to return and perform our latest routine.”

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “Olympia, The London International Horse Show, is the ultimate celebration of equestrianism. Every year we endeavour to bring the very best horsemen and women from around the world to London for this truly special occasion.

“The enormously talented Jean-François Pignon has been a real crowd pleaser in the past and I’m sure he will once again dazzle the audiences with his magical performance.”

Living up to its reputation as one of Europe’s premier indoor equestrian events, Olympia 2015 will once again host three FEI World Cups™ in Carriage Driving, Dressage and Show Jumping. The Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage leg takes place on 15 and 16 December, the FEI World Cup™ Driving leg presented by Dodson & Horrell on 18 and 19 December and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping leg presented by H&M on 20 December. The climax of the seven day equine extravaganza will finish with the Olympia Grand Prix on Monday 21 December.

For more information on Olympia and to purchase tickets to this year’s show, please go to www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

For more information, please contact Hollie Bostock hollie@revolutionsports.co.uk or +44 (0)207 592 1207.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show
The first international horse show took place in the Olympia halls in 1907. Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event we see today, was started by Raymond Brooks-Ward in 1971. This year’s show takes place on 15-21 December 2015 in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington London. The show will play host to a packed timetable of all things equestrian and is expected to welcome over 90,000 visitors. It is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious equine competitions. The show mixes top class equestrian action, including FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Dressage and Driving with family entertainment, such as the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National which raises money for charity. The show’s official charity for 2015 is World Horse Welfare.